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Toolkits

Biodiversity by Design: A Guide for Sustainable Communities (UK Green Building Council)
This guide focuses on planning sustainable communities which encourage biodiversity through green infrastructure, community parks, and greenways.

Green Space Strategic Decision Support System (University College Dublin)
"Green Space" can be used to assess how strategic planning can maximize the contributions of urban green areas.

New York City Street Design Manual (NYC Department of Transportation)
There are policies and design guidelines city agencies, design professionals, private developers and community groups can use to add green spaces to streets and sidewalks throughout the five boroughs.

Urban Agriculture Guide (Waardewerken)
This guide was modeled on urban farms in the Netherlands. It takes you through the benefits, obstacles, and step-by-step process of starting an urban farm.

Sustainability Planning Toolkit (ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, U.S.A.) 
A step-by-step toolkit established to guide cities and localities through the process of greening their communities. The toolkit includes checklists, best practices, templates, and guidelines.

Assessment Tools

Smarter Cities (Natural Resources Defense Council)
This tool offers a conceptual framework and set of criteria for measuring urban sustainability. 

Case Studies

Guide to Completing an Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy (City of Chicago Department of Environment)
This guide outlines Chicago’s methods and implementation strategies for sustainable energy use.

Cases in Water Conservation (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
The E.P.A. issued this summary and analysis of water conservation case studies from around the country to show how different municipalities have confronted water scarcity problems.

Five Borough Farm (Design Trust for Public Spaces)
New York City has created one of the first citywide plans for urban agriculture.

Preparing for Climate Change: A Guidebook for Local, Regional and State Governments (King County, Washington and Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington)
A best practice framework for communities to prepare for and adapt to climate change.

Malmo, Sweden, Sustainable Community Infrastructure Case Study (UK Green Building Council)
Västra Hamnen, Sweden is a city with 100-percent locally renewable energy. This report reviews how they accomplished this feet and serve as a model for sustainable community development.

Model for Sustainable Urban Design (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
A detailed case study of the San Diego - Tijuan region. 

PlaNYC (New York City)
PlaNYC is New York City’s plan for creating a more sustainable city over the next 25 years. The plan sets priorities for the growth and redevelopment of city infrastructure. The city has established a carbon emissions reduction target of 30 percent.

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